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  • Title: The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (Quarto, 1598)
  • Editors: Karen Sawyer Marsalek, Mathew Martin
  • Coordinating editor: Janelle Jenstad

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    The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (Quarto, 1598)

    of Henry the fifth.
    Hen. Why then belike your high Constable,
    Sends to know what I wil giue for my ransome?
    Now trust me Herald, not so much as a tun of tennis bals,
    1315No not so much as one poore tennis ball,
    Rather shall my bodie lie dead in the field, to feed crowes,
    Then euer England shall pay one penny ransome
    For my bodie.
    Herald. A kingly resolution.
    1320Hen. 5. No Herald, tis a kingly resolution,
    And the resolution of a king:
    Here take this for thy paines.
    Exit Herald.
    But stay my Lords, what time is it?
    1325All. Prime my Lord.
    Hen. 5. Then is it good time no doubt,
    For all England praieth for vs:
    What my Lords, me thinks you looke cheerfully vpon me?
    Why then with one voice, and like true English hearts,
    1330With me throw vp your caps, and for England,
    Cry S. George, and God and S. George helpe vs.
    Strike Drummer. Exeunt omnes.
    The French men crie within, S. Dennis, S. Dennis,
    Mount Ioy, S. Dennis.
    1335The Battell.
    Enters King of England, and his Lords.
    Hen.5. Come my Lords come, by this time our
    Swords are almost drunke with French blood,
    But my Lords, which of you can tell me how many of our
    1340Army be slaine in the battell?
    Oxf. And it please your Maiestie,
    There are of the French armie slaine,
    Aboue ten thousand, twentie sixe hundred,
    Whereof are Princes and Nobles bearing banners:
    1345Besides, all the Nobilitie of France are taken prisoners.
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